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4 Easy Ways to Take Care of Your Hot Tub

4 Easy Ways to Take Care of Your Hot Tub

There’s just something about a hot tub that screams a fun time. Everyone who loves to have fun… knows it. You probably know it, too, and know how true it is.

Plain and simple, people who have hot tubs know how to have fun.  It literally screams “I love relaxing and enjoying life’s greater luxuries.”

Whenever you’ve got a hot tub around, you know it’s going to be a good time. Hot tubs are perfect for a warm summer day after a cool, refreshing swim. And, they’re perfect for those colder days or when you’re just a bitch chilly. (They’re awesome for those times you need an excuse to drink a cocktail in a pit of warm, swirling water.)

Do you want those good times to continue? Then take care of your hot tub. Taking care of a hot tub is almost as hard as taking care of those plants that keep dying on your windowsill.

1. Start with the outside cover

The vinyl cover of hot tub is one of the most important pieces of your wonderful bubbling tub. It’s incredibly important to keep it clean or else you risk dirtying the inside of your hot tub and the overall deterioration of the cover. Nobody wants to sit in a tub of dirty water. Why would you do that to your guests?

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There are three things you’ll need before you start this journey to a clean cover: a very gentle cleaner (so gentle it treats your hot tub like a gem), a sponge, and an oil-free protectant.

Pay careful attention:

  • Start off by spraying the cover with water that’ll take off the surface dirt and gunk.
  • After the water runs off, take your sponge and gentle .. and start scrubbing the cover until you see the gross stuff vanish before your very eyes.
  • Use the protectant to give your cover a little extra protection.

And there you have it! You have mastered the art of cleaning your hot tub cover. Now for the rest…

2. Keep a consistent schedule

If there’s one thing that’s true about hot tub maintenance, it’s this: If you don’t have a consistent schedule of when you’re going to clean your hot tub, it will never be clean. Unless we’re already used to sticking to schedule, sticking to one is harder than pulling hen’s teeth.

That’s why I want you to raise your right hand and repeat after me:

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I solemnly swear…that I will make a hot tub cleaning schedule…and stick to it for as long as I live.

Great! So here’s a good example of a schedule you can use – just adjust it for your daily life!

  • At least once a day: check your spa cover and clean if necessary, check and adjust water temperature, and make sure there’s no obvious damage.
  • At least 3 times a week: adjust sanitizer levels and check those all-important pH levels.
  • At least once a week or every two weeks: clean the spa filters.
  • Monthly: do a deep cleaning of your tub cover and clean your cabinet.
  • Every three months: fully drain and deep clean your tub.
  • Cover up your tub when you’re not using it.

This one is a pretty simple one to implement on your hot tub… Would you leave your front door open when you left to go shopping?

Would you leave your car window open when you know there’s going to be a huge storm in a couple hours? Of course not.

Whether you use your hot tub frequently or not, it’s smart to put the protective cover on it. I mean… you can keep it uncovered… if you don’t mind constantly cleaning the hot tub from all the mess that’ll fall into it.

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3. Test your hot tub regularly

It’s not all fun and games when it comes to hot tubs. Oh no. You may think all you need to do is buy a hot tub and then you’re good to go. You think wrong, my friend.

Installing your hot tub and taking care of it doesn’t just involve cleaning out gunk and dirt. You also have to check the water inside to make sure it is clean and safe.

There are three main ways to do this. The first is to use test strips, which you can purchase at any hot tub or pool maintenance store. These will check for pH, chlorine/bromine, and alkalinity. Just take a sample of water from the middle of the hot tub (very important to get an accurate sample), dip your strip in, and test the colors that come out with the color swatches on the bottle. And wah-lah! You’ve tested your hot tub.

The second way is to use a liquid test kit. It’s basically no different from the process of the test strips; you’ll just use some extra materials that come in the kit.

The third way that you should do at least once a month is to have it checked out by your hot tub dealer. Collect a sample like in the previous steps and immediately take it to your hot tub dealer for testing. He or she has a sort of crystal ball for hot tubs. They can tell you a lot of different things about your water that the above tests couldn’t tell you. Pretty cool!

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4. Watch out for what chemicals you use in the tub

It’s incredibly important to keep an eye on what kind of chemicals and sanitizers you add into your hot tub. After checking the pH levels, bromine/chlorine, and alkalinity levels in the last step, you’ll know what you need to add to your hot tub water to put everything back into order and in tip-top shape.

No one wants to have hot tub water that’s cloudy or gunky, or filled with bacteria. Otherwise, your neighbours will forever know you as “dirty hot tub.” How embarrassing! I’d never want anyone to think that about me. Would you?

Conclusion

There you have it! You are now an expert at hot tub cleaning and maintaining it as a pro. Give yourself a pat on the back and then go have a relaxing cocktail in your sparkling tub. After all, it’s an investment, and those are worth protecting for decades to come.

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Last Updated on September 10, 2019

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

1. Gratitude

Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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    2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

    This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

    For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

    What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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    Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

    3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

    This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

    Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

    An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

    Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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      4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

      According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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      There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

      5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

      Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

      Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

      6. Rise Earlier

      The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

      For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

      So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

      Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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      7. Listen to Uplifting Music

      Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

      Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

      It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

      Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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      Featured photo credit: Carli Jeen via unsplash.com

      Reference

      [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
      [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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